Brand New Hard Drive – Its Called SUPERDRIVE

blog-hard-drive-10-10-2013-1Just over a week ago, we wrote a blog post about how we have suffered yet again a hard drive failure and we were working on getting its replacement in.

Read that blog post here

The replacement drive is here and is now operational! Restoring the drive was no easy task and it took a fair few hours to get its backups, such as music, jingles and voice overs, but everything has now been restored and we are ready for broadcasting Now That’s What I Call Music Volume 10 on the 16th October

The New Drive

The new drive is a Buffalo DriveStation Combo 2TB eSATA/USB-2.0/Firewire External Hard Drive, after we originally thought our streaming machine took FireWire, we were very wrong, after looking at the port and the writing above it, we noticed that the port was actually a eSATA port which was very exciting to hear.

blog-hard-drive-10-10-2013-2eSATA allows you to transfer files to the hard drive at super hyper speeds, which for us is perfect as we do music streaming from the device, according to the manual, it allows transfers up to 15000MBPS (Mega Bits Per Second) which is allot faster than Firewire and USB.

The drive is a solid state hard drive with 2TB of space, its plenty for our music library, the new drive has also been networked so we can access the drive to update the library from any machine on the network and without there being any disruption from disconnecting the drive or connecting any USB sticks or Hard Drives for music transfers.

Overall, we are very pleased with this drive and its going to be in good use for the next few years. (Hopefully)

For more information on the drive including its full spec and where to buy, go to http://rcdr.me/1bePQzX

Hard Drive Failures

studio-pic26Earlier this year, we experience a loss in data in one of our hard drives at RCD Radio, this was due to a electrical fault within the device, we did what we could to restore from the hard drive, but luckily, RCD Radio has backups of its music library so if anything like this was to happen, we could restore the music collection quickly and easily.

Photo on 19-11-2012 at 17.22After this hard drive failed, we had a few weeks of RCD Radio downtime, so we can set up a temp hard drive to handle our music library, we used one of our old hard drives, which has experienced no problems but was allot smaller, so we only restored music we needed for the station to co-operate with until we were in a position to invest in a new hard drive.

The time has come to upgrade after our temp hard drive has now also failed, it failed late last night, it has been playing up for a month or two, but its finally gave in.

Because this hard drive has now failed, we have now ordered its full time replacement, however, we will be unable to bring any broadcasts until this new drive has been fully reloaded of the music library and installed on to our system, this is an exciting upgrade for us, but it may take some time to build it in.

studio-pic37That is why tomorrows episode of NOW! That’s What I Call Music has been cancelled and re scheduled for 2 weeks tomorrow instead, it is also why DJ Lozo Mixes Episode 4 has also been re scheduled for 2 weeks on Saturday, even though the majority of music for this broadcast is not on the music drive, but on a MacBook Pro, we feel its only right we cancel and reschedule this broadcast to, we are still going to be without any appropriate jingles/promos.

Don’t worry, we still have full backups of the music data stored in a secret location, but it may take some time to copy everything over.

Thank you for understanding and sorry for any inconvinence, we will keep you updated on this situation on our twitter and facebook.

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